We The People are the sole Source of the Power that makes America what it is - or at least what America used to be.
The Declaration of Independence of 1776 documented the concept, and the U.S. Constitution of 1787 made the concept official, made the concept of We The People the Law of The Land.
How you have Power is you give it away. How you have Love is you give it away - same principle.
How you have Freedom, also, is you give it away. And America stopped doing that in the time of Reagan-Bush. President Reagan stomped on the unions and the environment and education, and harmed the Middle Class by the policies of Reaganomics, causing the Reagan Recession of July 1981 to November 1982.
George H.W. Bush continued the damage.
President Clinton worked both sides, helping the Middle Class somewhat while also giving the Oligarchy/Wealthy Class most of what they demanded.
George W. Bush has basically shredded Constitutional law, including removal of habeas corpus and legalization of posse comitatus,and bankrupted the country. (George W. Bush has run up more debt than any other human being in the history of Mankind!)
The Corporatists now run the U.S. federal government, except for a few American bureaucrats who have bided their time and worked inside the system to prevent even worse disasters.
And these Corporatists, some of whom qualify as fascists, did this while you were watching Paris Hilton & Lindsay Lohan & Brangela news footage.
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The Corporatists did not take America's natural Power away, the sheeple in the middle surrendered it to them. Willing victims in the fight between Good and Evil, the sheeple just turned their hands in the air and switched their allegiance from the context America The Beacon of Liberty to the context Let Somebody Else Fight.
The sheeple are cowards, and there are now many more of them than there used to be.
America took on the Germans in World War I and the Axis in World War II and the Commies during Korea and the Cold War and the Vietnam mess. America gave itself the Power to lead the Allies in the fight against Nazism and Fascism and Imperialism. It had to be done, and America in those days WAS a Beacon of Liberty, under F.D.R and Truman and Eisenhower and Kennedy.
And America won those battles and those wars--well, with the help of half the world. America showed what We The People can do. We demonstrated the Power of We The People to the rest of the world. We showed them. We WERE the People described in and created by the Founding Documents of this nation.
America began from a commitment to "form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity" and to pass these values on to all Mankind. Giving these contexts away was central to the purpose of the nation, the natural Purpose of We The People.
It was the living of these ideals that gave America its Power, and we did indeed give it away - Emancipation, the G.I. Bill, the Marshall Plan, the United Nations - and we kept generating more and more Power, which we shared with the world. And much was accomplished: the space program, Salk's polio vaccine, the microchip and the computer - and rock'n'roll.